Arsenal fans and Arsene Wenger suspected it was not going to be easy for the Gunners this season, playing on Thursday nights or evenings in the Europa League and then again a couple of days later, but there was always a chance that those nice people who work out the schedules for televised games would be nice to us right? Wrong.
I get the feeling that these TV people are all Tottenham fans after the way the schedules have worked out. It was bad enough for Arsenal when we saw the Premier League fixture list at the start of the season, when we saw that five of the six EPL games coming after our Europa Leage ties were away from home, two of those being at Chelsea and Man City.
Then we got handed nice early Sunday kick-offs to add to the problem and when the new TV picks came out this week, they have done it again for our trip to Southampton after the final European game which is against BATE Borisov. At least that Europa League tie is in London, but to give us a 12 o’clock kick off on the Sunday after is just ridiculous.
Not once have Arsenal got the Monday night game after these European nights and then they complain about Wenger not picking strong enough teams in midweek. So far we have done okay and winning the opening three group games should allow Wenger to rest key players but will this scheduling end up hurting Arsenal?